Ecosystem Alliance


The Ecosystem Alliance is a partnership between IUCN Netherlands, Both ENDS and Wetlands International. The shared vision is that natural degradation and poverty are linked. People will increasingly rely on natural resources (such as forests) for their livelihood. Poverty reduction can therefore only remain effective when it goes hand in hand with sustainable management of ecosystems. The alliance aims, together with some 100 partner organizations in developing countries, for creating a “transparent green inclusive economy”. A green economy that takes people into account and in which these people as well as businesses and governments are involved in the management of their habitat. As a result, the various parties become together responsible for the sustainable use of natural resources and environment.


Overproduction, overconsumption and excessive use of raw materials, especially for and by the Western societies, result in the decline of ecosystems all around the world. Because national and international policy usually focuses on rapid economic growth, invetsors are hardly inhibited by law or regulations in the field of environmental and social conditions. On the contrary: often an attractive investment climate is created with favorable tax rates, trade agreements and risk insurances. International investors for example use land for industry, large-scale agriculture and the extraction of raw materials, without worrying about the often disastrous consequences that these projects have on local populations and their habitat. These local communities have little or no influence on all these processes and are often helpless when their habitat is destroyed.


The program is carried out in sixteen countries from 2011 to 2015 included. Within the alliance Both ENDS focuses mainly on strengthening local communities and the impact of our actions on their environment. In the sixteen countries, local organizations and communities are enabled to contribute to the development of a joint program. Besides the programmes in the individual countries, there are overarching opportunities to strengthen their capacities through training, sharing experiences, organizing meetings and learning by expanding their networks. Partner organizations are supported in influencing policy and planning at all levels so they will not only get a say in the management and use of their land, water and habitat, but so they are enabled to take (legal) steps when their habitat is threatened, through better legislation and regulation. Civil society organisations can make their voice heard on both regional as well as international level: using internationally developed methodologies local communities are trained and enabled to influence policy in the field of integraged water management and climate adaptation.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS)



For palm oil Both ENDS is closely involved in the operationalization of a Dispute Settlement Facility where the local society in producing countries can complain when there are abuses in the palm oil sector. In Burkina Faso and Mali Both ENDS supports the activities of local organizations working on natural regeneration, whereby the natural vegetation in degraded areas is restored according to a traditional method. This technique is labor intensive, yet sustainable, easy to implement and entails low expanses. Moreover, the results are very promising; reason for Both ENDS to conduct a dialogue with other actors – especially policymakres – to highlight this technique so it can be further spread.


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